Five things: 'Tis the season

Ryan Lambert
September 06 2012 06:43AM

1. Get ready

In the last week, we got the first two official stops on the "Sorry I was So Bad Last Season" Calgary Flames Apology Tour.

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Icons, trades and the ghost of 2004

Ryan Pike
September 05 2012 03:09PM



Our own Nation overlord Kent Wilson recently contributed to Puck Daddy's Essentials project, listing the essential moments, players and other details about the Calgary Flames. While Kent's choice of the acquisition of Jarome Iginla from the Dallas Stars was a pretty good one, I found myself thinking back to 1999.

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Flames News Round-Up, September 5 2012

Ryan Pike
September 05 2012 09:09AM



There may be no CBA movement in the NHL, but the Canadian Hockey League chugs towards the beginning of the regular season AND things are kicking off in Europe!

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NHL Fans: Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away

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September 04 2012 05:41PM

Don't go away mad, just go away

You're an NHL fan. You spend your hard-earned money every year going to games. You buy merchandise. You subscribe to Centre Ice. You've been through one, maybe two lockouts, and even a strike if you're really old. And now they're threatening to make you go through yet another lockout.

This makes you mad.

So mad, in fact, that you're willing to take action and show the world just how angry you are. And maybe, just maybe, your action combined with the actions of thousands of other outraged fans might even have an impact and a lockout will be avoided or at least shortened.

Well, you have every right to be outraged. But make no mistake, the angrier you get and the more you show it, the more you ensure the lockout goes on.

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Who Are The Calgary Flames?

September 04 2012 09:20AM



Oh, hey guys, it's me, The Book of Loob.  BoL.  Loober.  Nancy.  If you're at all familiar with my work, you know that when it comes to things like Corsi, PDO, Zone starts, QualComp and the like, I've almost learned what some of them are.  So while the Kents and the Azevedos of the world will give you fancy numbers as to why Anton Babchuk is not a very good player, I'm just going to say he is just the absolute worst and it's probably because his mother didn't love him enough.  Or because he has a debilitating addiction to Beanie Babies that garners all his attention away from learning how to position himself in his own end.

(I have no proof of either of those claims, but I'm still saying they're true, and you can take that to the bank)

These 100% verifiable facts and more are the next level fluff I bring to the table here at The Nation, and is the basis for what we'll be talking about here today.  So gather round, children, and let your ol' Gampy tell you a tale!  This potboiler is called "Your Calgary Flames And The Quest To Remember".  It's a giddy romp featuring a beskated pack of scamps, intrepid young men (er...young?) who toil day and night, I guess, atop a frozen surface when their corporate overlords deem it to be acceptable through the terms laid out by a needlessly complicated Collective Bargaining Agreement. Armed with nothing but hockey sticks, pucks, pads, helmets, skates, shin pads, a mile of tape, agents, and millions of dollars, the Flames set out to remember their identity, the id of their hockey team, or, failing that, forge a shiny new one.

It will be riveting.

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